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Real Madrid drops Copa del Rey trophy under bus during victory celebration

April 21, 2011 | 11:19 am

It's a good thing Sergio Ramos isn't a goalkeeper -- if he was, Real Madrid may not have won back the Copa del Rey trophy for the first time in 18 years. As it is, the defender's butterfingers caused the club to lose the trophy, but only for the time being.

During a celebration hours after a dramatic 1-0 victory over archrival Barcelona in Valencia, Ramos accidentally dropped the 33-pound cup from the top of the team bus early Thursday morning near the club's traditional celebration spot of the Plaza de Cibeles in central Madrid.

The trophy was run over by the front right wheel of the bus before the driver stopped, allowing emergency services to gather the pieces and return them to the bus. The club said the trophy will be repaired and that a replica currently is on display in the club museum.

“It is not in good shape; evidently, it was run over by a bus,” Madrid spokeswoman Marta Santisteban said. “It has to be fixed.”

Ramos joked about the incident later on Twitter: “The whole thing about the cup was a misunderstanding, it didn't fall … it jumped off when it reached Cibeles (the fountain in Madrid where the team celebrates its titles) and saw so many Madrid fans.

“Hahahaha … but don't worry … have a good day.”

Madrid's victory came in extra time Wednesday on a header by Cristiano Ronaldo, giving Madrid its 18th Copa del Rey victory but first bit of silverware of any kind in three years.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.